| Jan. 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Republicans returned to Washington this week to open the 114th Congress with their largest majorities in nearly a century. This is great news.
| Jan. 7, 2015, 11:34 a.m.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently said the administration wants to address difficulties faced by consumers following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A good starting point is a provision that’s costing consumers and needlessly burdening doctors, which has received bipartisan support for change.
| Jan. 5, 2015, 7:07 p.m.
What impact is U.S. investment in foreign aid having in far off, foreign countries? In D.C., we receive statistics about the impact of aid, but never get a face or a name of those affected by our help. Traveling to Cambodia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid in maternal and neonatal health, changed that. That’s where we met Navy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her 6-year-old daughter, Davin in Phnom Penh.
| Dec. 29, 2014, 11:07 a.m.
The causes and consequences of the hottest year on record, which is now shaping up to be 2014 according to the World Meteorological Organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are likely to have a lasting impact on New York State and New York City’s pristine water supply if we’re not careful. And while we’re glad that the Water for the World Act of 2014 cleared Congress recently, which improves access to water worldwide, the problem of water scarcity remains a serious issue in America.
| Dec. 18, 2014, 4:08 p.m.
The Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage to millions. But a recent Gallup survey found that 1 in 3 Americans still put off needed health care this year because it cost too much.
| Dec. 17, 2014, 3:47 p.m.
Recently, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber apologized before Congress for the litany of controversial comments he made regarding the creation and implementation of Obamacare. But even after the apology, we still don’t know how much of the health care law was based on willful deception and how much was an honest effort at real reform.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 4:20 p.m.
When the newly elected Congress convenes, it will consider two seemingly unrelated issues: funding a new military involvement in the Middle East and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which governs student aid.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 5:15 p.m.
I applaud Melinda Bonner’s efforts to make healthier school meals work in her district (Congress: Don’t Turn Back the Clock on Healthy School Meals, Roll Call, Dec. 4). As a retired general from Alabama, I would like to add that improved school nutrition is also important for our future national security.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 5:14 p.m.
As this lame-duck Congress limps to the end of its tenure, pundits are shouting about its ineffectiveness. The 113th Congress passed fewer laws than any Congress in 60 years. With control of the government still divided along party lines, many see little hope the next Congress will be any better.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 2:52 p.m.
Patty Murray confirmed Friday that she plans to succeed Tom Harkin as the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next year, where she is expected to play a prominent role defending the health care law and trying to forge compromises on stalled education policy.
| Dec. 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
For the sake of public health preparedness here in the United States, as well as humanitarian assistance in West Africa, Congress should approve President Barack Obama’s request for $6.18 billion in emergency funding to combat Ebola.
| Dec. 10, 2014, 7:37 p.m.
Many Democrats are hoping to use their last days of Senate control to install President Barack Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy. The young doctor has been awaiting confirmation since the president tapped him for the post last November. And this week is the chamber’s last opportunity to act before the GOP majority takes the helm in January.
| Dec. 10, 2014, 6:05 p.m.
With the lame-duck session set to wrap-up this week, the clock is ticking for Congress to rise above Washington gridlock and give millions of Americans with disabilities a chance for a better financial future.
| Dec. 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Ebola virus, which has now touched our shores and taken the lives of two victims in the U.S., is a threat lethal enough to demand full mobilization of our health care resources, which is what federal officials have urged. Consequently, hospitals in recent weeks have been arming themselves with the necessary knowledge, supplies and resources to confront the danger and ensure it is contained and managed skillfully.
| Dec. 8, 2014, 8:05 p.m.
Texas Democrat Gene Green appears poised to take the top Democratic slot on the House Energy and Commerce panel that handles health legislation next year after current ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. takes the top Democrat spot on the full committee.
| Dec. 8, 2014, 7:46 p.m.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act’s incentive to encourage “meaningful use” of electronic health records has helped hundreds of thousands of eligible providers begin using EHRs to store patient data, coordinate and communicate about their patients’ care, engage in data measurement, quality monitoring efforts designed to improve outcomes and lower costs. Unfortunately, behavioral health and substance-use treatment providers were never fully included in this program. As a result, they have limited access to EHRs and the essential tools they provide.
| Dec. 8, 2014, 6:27 p.m.
Our health care system is undergoing profound changes in how we pay for and deliver care. Yet some of our most intractable health problems — such as obesity, diabetes, tobacco use and emerging diseases — require creative public health approaches as well as high-quality, efficient care. Addressing the health issues that matter to Americans will require bipartisan compromise guided by strong leadership from medical professionals.
| Dec. 8, 2014, 4:23 p.m.
Far less famous than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health is a program at the heart of the fight against diseases such as the flu and Ebola — the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA.
| Dec. 8, 2014, 4:19 p.m.
Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a ready answer when asked to name a biological threat he especially dreads: the flu.
| Dec. 5, 2014, 5:13 p.m.
Lawmakers are using the Ebola outbreak to call for a broader investment in biomedical research and public health funding to avoid scrambling to respond to a specific disease.